Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

The author and narrator of the essay. A prominent figure of American Transcendentalism, Emerson was a reverend, philosopher, and lecturer in addition to writing poems and essays. Held in high esteem as a wise… read analysis of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Individual

The audience of the essay. The individual is a single member of the eternal collective of human beings, united with all other people through a universal mind and spirit. Emerson imparts responsibility onto the individual… read analysis of The Individual